CONCACAF plays down 2016 Copa America reports

Despite yesterday's statements by CONMEBOL about bringing the Copa America to the U.S. for its 100th anniversary, CONCACAF says nothing is finalized
CONCACAF, soccer's North America's governing body, has contradicted statements from its South American counterpart CONMEBOL that the 2016 edition of the Copa America would be held in the United States and feature a half dozen CONCACAF teams.

Rejecting yesterday's statement from CONMEBOL that the 2016 tournament, the 100th anniversary of the competition, would feature "nations throughout the Americas," CONCACAF officials instead insisted that nothing had been finalized.

"Even though playing the 2016 Copa America in the CONCACAF region with our teams and those from CONMEBOL would be a wonderful experience for all fans, we are still in the midst of talks and negotiations between all parties involved in this decision," said CONCACAF general secretary Enrique Sanz in a statement. "This is an idea we are hoping to materialize but we are still evaluating and discussing before it becomes official but the intention is definitely there."

U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati echoed Sanz's statement in an email to Reuters.

"While the idea of a Centennial tournament with some of the best teams in the hemisphere is certainly intriguing, it is not something we have agreed to host or participate in at this time. As CONCACAF stated, there are still a number of discussions that need to take place with CONMEBOL. U.S. Soccer would also need to be involved in discussions about hosting the tournament. We're looking forward to those discussions in the near future."

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